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The Vancouver Canucks will visit an old friend for the first time tonight as they take on Cody Hodgson and the struggling Sabres at First Niagara Center. The Sabres have stumbled out of the gates to start the season but Hodgson has found chemistry with his new linemates, and will be looking to continue the trend tonight against his former team.
At the other end of the ice Zack Kassian won’t be lacking motivation against his former club after a slow start to the season at home
Featuring a duo of trade returnees the following are five keys to tonight’s game in Buffalo.
Kassian Comes Home
Zack Kassian only played 27 games with the Sabres in 2011-12, but will be forever linked to Cody Hodgson due to the fateful trade deadline deal two seasons ago. After sitting out the first five games of the year due to suspension Kassian has the perfect opportunity to get himself going tonight against his former club.
The young power forward is expected to start tonight’s game on Vancouver’s third line alongside Jordan Schroeder and David Booth.
Hodgson Has Something To Prove
Cody Hodgson’s time in Vancouver was, quite frankly, a disaster. From ice time issues to daddy issues, the controversy surrounding Hodgson’s development was fierce during his time with the Canucks, and tonight Coho has a chance to put that all behind him with a solid showing.
While the Sabres have been brutal to start the season Hodgson has been one of the lone bright spots on the team putting up 6 points through his first 8 games.
Look for Hodgson to provide the home team with a spark tonight alongside Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott.
It’s going to be strange to see these two on separate lines to start tonight’s game against the Sabres.
Dan Hamhuis has had a rough start to the season, but only recently has it become evident that Hamhuis is playing through some sort of ailment. Hamhuis was reportedly receiving treatment (hiding from reporters?) shortly after the Canadiens game this past week, and was not seen at this morning’s optional gameday skate.
Keep a close eye on Hamhuis tonight as he continues to try and find his game under new head coach John Tortorella.
After another successful split up in Philadelphia Henrik and Daniel Sedin are expected to start tonight’s game against the Sabres on separate lines. If it wasn’t weird enough that Henrik put up career point #800 without his brother, tonight’s game could really get interesting.
Henrik is expected to stick alongside Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins while Daniel will start alongside Jannik Hansen and Mike Santorelli.
While Roberto Luongo has typically been regarded as a “slow starter” with the Canucks the affliction seems to have spread to the entire team to start the season.
The Canucks have scored the opening goal of the game only twice through seven contests this year, and have ended up playing from behind in the other two as well.
The visitors should have every opportunity to turn that around tonight against a Sabres team that has only one first period goal to their name through seven games.
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Roberto Luongo turned aside 25 shots for his 63rd career shutout as Vancouver dropped host Buffalo. Chris Higgins scored for the second straight game, Brad Richardson had a short-handed tally and defenseman Ryan Stanton notched his first career goal.
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The Canucks continue their seven game trek across the east coast with a date in Buffalo against the Sabres. While normally a game against a bottom feeder wouldn’t mean much, this bottom-feeder happens to employ Cody Hodgson. You might not remember him, but we traded him for Zack Kassian…
The Canucks began their trip in Philadelphia against a Flyers team that has been...
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
No sooner did Henrik Sedin line up at practice Wednesday with Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins — the trio ignited the third-period comeback win in Philadelphia — then Tortorella stopped the media short of coming up with a nickname for the new line. Even though the Sedins have embraced the changes.
“I think they [Sedins] want it...
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The Canucks have recently started their longest road trip of the season, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Often times you hear coaches claim to prefer starting the season on the road, as it allows for some team bonding, and provides less distractions to help unify the team quicker. After an up and down start to the season the Canucks...
So the Buffalo Sabres stink. Most NHL fans knew that heading into the season. So instead of actually practicing things that might help them not sport a 1-7-1 record, they had a dance-off at practice today instead. Why would you add fuel to the fire and post this on your team Instagram account? Seriously…
The post With The Second Worst Record In The NHL The Buffalo Sabres Dance...
The 1-7-1 Buffalo Sabres are keeping it light and ended Friday’s practice with a rookie dance-off. Latvian center Zemgus Girgensons gave it his all with a rendition of the “ice twerk.”
With the second worst record in the league (only to Philadelphia), it’s nice to see that it’s always sunny in Buffalo too.
Photo courtesy of whlhockey.blogspot.com
Game #3 on the epic Eastern road trip for the Vancouver Canucks brings them to Pittsburgh for a morning tilt with the Penguins. The Penguins have been flying out of the gates with a 6-1 record to start the season. The Penguins are not the Buffalo Sabres so expect the Penguins to actually touch the puck every once in awhile.
Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is appealing a 10-game suspension the NHL issued for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson last week.
The appeal was filed Wednesday evening by the NHL Players' Association on the player's behalf. The league hasn't yet announced when the appeal will be heard.
If the suspension is upheld, Kaleta...
While rumours of a possible trade between the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers for Ryan Miller have been rampant over the last couple of days, there's one important obstacle that would prevent such a deal from going through.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun confirms that the Oilers are among the eight teams on the veteran netminder's no-trade list...
Patrick Kaleta, after conferring with his agent and the NHLPA, will be appealing his 10-game suspension.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 16, 2013
Good, maybe someone will award him 20 games!
added 3:58pm, You see, there is a chance he could get more...
Bottom line: Arbitrator looks at NHL's ruling and evidence, then makes fresh ruling. Could...
Buffalo Sabres bully Patrick Kaleta on Tuesday received a strong message from the NHL by giving him a 10 game suspension for his ‘check to the head’ of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson.
As seen on video by Brendan Shanahan and the NHL, the claims that Kaleta took what is termed as “an improper angle” causing his shoulder to make direct contact to Jack Johnson’s...
Matt Cooke said this summer that he’s looking to turn over a new leaf and ditch his reputation as one of the NHL’s dirtiest players. To help start that process, Cooke is offering to help another NHL enforcer change his own image.
On Tuesday, Buffalo Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta was handed a 10-game suspension by the National Hockey League for an illegal hit he made to the head...
The smart move right now is to permit Regier to weather the storm for one logical reason: Ultimately, the two most important bits of business the Sabres will transact this season involve the potential trades of goaltender Ryan Miller and star forward Thomas Vanek.
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail. Read on to see why Duhatschek feels that way.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
You’ve had the sense that Shanahan is trying to send a clear signal to players this year about hits to the head. After a suspension-filled preseason that saw, among others, Vancouver Canucks’ Zack Kassian banned for eight games, five of them in the regular season, Shanahan had already suspended two other far more skilled players...